advancing our collective capacity to create and sustain
vibrant, healthy communities where everyone is treated with dignity,
is able to engage, and experiences equitable quality of life outcomes

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personal leadership

People create change! The actions that individuals take day in and day out lead to what comes next for us and others. Orgforward invests in supporting people's competency, comfort, and confidence in making decisions and taking actions that lead to the collective outcomes they envision for their lives, their peers, the organizations they serve, and the communities they live in.

​"Leadership" is internal. It is disposition and skills. It is the ability to identify a change you want to see in the future, determine what it will take to engage others in making that change a reality, and then taking the iterative steps that create those conditions.

Anyone can do this! And the better you get at it, the more people will engage with you and the more change that will occur as a result of your efforts. You don't need power, position, or responsibility (but be careful, you might get some...)

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Organizational leadership

Organizations are in constant need of leadership capacity. Whether it is embodied in a charismatic executive or distributed throughout the organization, it needs to be clear and appropriate for getting board, staff, volunteers, and community members to willingly engage, as a team, in the challenge of advancing community benefit.

Leaders throughout the organization should be given the opportunity to lead, to reflect on their practice, and deepen their leadership capacity both individually and as teams. Organizations (as a collection of people) need the opportunity to reflect on the leadership needed to strengthen the pillars of sustainability (leadership, programs, finance, and operations) and ensure that the right leadership is tapped to navigate the organization forward.

Organizational leadership capacity is the confluence of the individuals, the systems, the strategies, and the collective culture that are present within an organization - each of which can be developed with intentionality to ensure people within the organization thrive and the community is better off as a result of the organizational efforts.

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financial leadership

Orgforward's financial leadership initiatives are designed to foster people's competence, confidence, and comfort as fiduciaries of an organization. They support leadership conversations and decision making that focuses on how effectively and efficiently an organization is investing its valuable financial and non-financial assets to achieve sustainable community benefit.

We do this by building fiduciary capacity across the organization. In short, we improve people's ability to ask and answer the key fiduciary question

Are the assets the organization shepherds being invested effectively and efficiently to advance the organization’s intended community outcomes in a way that is viable today and into the foreseeable future?

Financial systems and management shifts from being something based on oversight and transactional integrity to a strategy, evaluation, and leadership development process that improves an organization's ability to successfully create community change. 

By tying the financial, programmatic, operational, and leadership efforts of an organization together, we develop a richer understanding of the organizations we serve, the benefit of our work in the community, and ensure that we are accounting for and allocating our resources so that they contribute to effectively fulfilling our mission today while also reinforcing our sustainability moving forward.

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